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Friday, September 17, 2010

Recall of Garmin nüvi GPS Devices [updates]

I have been thinking if there's any reported case for this issue, and I just come across this article. It said there have been 9 report cases of battery overheating, but there's no injury reported. That means battery-on-fire has not been seen. It's good Garmin reacts quickly to this before worst case appears.
Following are some updated details i captured from http://www.oyetimes.com/news/canada/5951-recall-of-garmin-nuevi-gps-devices

Product Name: Garmin nüvi GPS Devices

Full Product Description: 
This recall involves the battery in certain Garmin nüvi models of GPS devices, which were manufactured by a third party supplier. Affected batteries are found in nüvi devices with model number 200W, 250W, 260W, 7xx and 7xxT (where xx is a two-digit number). The model number, as well as the serial number, can be found on a label on the back or bottom of the nüvi.

Only some of the affected model numbers have the recalled battery.

Hazard Identified: The battery can overheat, posing a fire hazard.
There have been 9 reports of the battery overheating in the United States.
Neither Garmin nor Health Canada has received any reports of incidents or injuries relating to the use of these products in Canada.

Corrective Action: 
Consumers should immediately examine their Garmin nüvi GPS device for the model and serial number (on back or bottom label). If the device has one of the affected model
numbers, consumers should stop using the device and visit the nüvi battery recall website or contact Garmin for further instructions.

Number Sold: Over 19 000 units of the recalled Garmin nüvi have been sold at various retailers across Canada, including Best Buy and Wal-Mart stores.

Time Period Sold: The recalled products were sold from October 2007 to August 2010.

Manufactured in Taiwan.

Manufacturer: Garmin International, Inc. of Olathe, Kansas

References: 
http://www.oyetimes.com/news/canada/5951-recall-of-garmin-nuevi-gps-devices 

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